700 BC-AD 1
Earthenware, resin-based paint
Diameter: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.); Overall: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)
Gift of John Wise 1948.477
Small, wild, reclusive felines, pampas cats live on the margins of agricultural fields, where they prey on rodents and other pests that are a farmer’s bane
Little is known of the meaning of the beautifully abstracted felines so often incised on Paracas ceramics. The designs achieve much of their complexity through color applied as resin-based paint after the vessel was fired in a smoky atmosphere that blackened its surface. Two spouts joined by a bridge appear on many fine South Coast ceramics. The form probably had meaning, now lost.
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